You’re dreading it already aren’t you? You know it’s coming.

Holiday weight gain. That bloated feeling after leaving an ugly sweater party. That depression after family Thanksgiving dinner, when you know you’ve eaten 1 too many slices of pumpkin pie, (maybe 2 or 3).

Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we do something that we know we don’t really want to do. We do it because it’s what we’re expected to do. We are conditioned to enjoy the holidays by stuffing our faces with food.

We gather together in family groups, and friends. Then, collectively, with smiles and laughter, increase our insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, and risk of stroke and heart attack.

Pretty sad huh. It’s too bad our society doesn’t have better alternatives……

Come on now, you know as well as I, that it doesn’t have to be this way. You can have a fantastic holiday season, without derailing your health. You can feel good about your choices, have fun with friends and family, and not feel guilty, sick, or depressed about how you handled the season.

Here are 3 things you can do to survive the Holidays without getting off track, feeling bad, and still have a good time.

  1. Eat before you eat – Before you go to a party, eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water. When you get to the party, it will be easier to stay away from the snacks and bad stuff you want to avoid.
  2. Bring your own food – There is nothing wrong with bringing your own food. Bring enough to share and it’s just you bringing food to the party. Providing your own options will make your choices that much more fulfilling.
  3. Get back on the wagon – If you have a bad day, acknowledge it, Accept it, then forget it. The only way to move forward and make progress towards your goals is to look forward and keep moving in that direction. You stuff a pie down your face, so what. That was yesterday. Get back on track and be awesome.

Honestly these are good things to do anytime. The holidays can make things extra difficult, so now is a good time to brush the dust off of them.

You control what goes in your mouth. Don’t fall into the “expectations” trap. Do what you know is best for you. Be proud of your decisions and keep working hard. You deserve every success you earn.